In addition to writing for Change.org, Jessica is the communications manager at a Southern California environmental non-profit and writes about sustainable food on her own website, <a href="http://www.chewgooder.wordpress.com" rel="nofollow">www.chewgooder.wordpress.com</a> and YourDailyThread.com.
Stop Featuring Shark as Food
Sharks are apex predators. As such, they keep entire oceanic ecosystems in check. By feeding on other species, they are vital to our oceans. Sadly, according to the International Union for the Conservation of Nature, as many as one-third of all shark species are threatened with extinction or are close to becoming threatened. Because shark populations are in such dire straits, there's no reason for people to be eating these threatened swimmers. Food Network and its properties are the predominant places to find food television programming. The channel boasts its own magazine, and recipes are also featured on the Food Network's Web site and its other Web properties (including recipes with shark meat as an ingredient). Tell Food Network that you want a policy stating that shark will not be featured as an ingredient on air, in the magazine, or in recipes posted on Food Network-owned Web sites. Photo: USFWS Pacific
Tell LAUSD's New Superintendent: Let Jamie Oliver Help!
Celeb chef and sustainable food advocate Jamie Oliver began taping the second season of his Emmy award-winning show, Food Revolution, in Los Angeles, only to be completely blocked from filming anything going on in the Los Angeles Unified School District's (LAUSD) school cafeterias. A major part of Oliver's mission with the show is to improve school lunches, so LAUSD's decision was a huge blow to the Food Revolution. The first episodes of the show are just starting to air, and many parents, students, and educators are upset that Oliver hasn't been given the opportunity to make L.A. schools' lunches healthier. There is hope, though: LAUSD has a brand new superintendent, John Deasy, and he has finally granted Oliver a meeting and tour of the central kitchen. He may be more sympathetic to Oliver's goal--as long as we turn on the pressure. Sign our petition, and tell Superintendent Deasy and the LAUSD to let Jamie Oliver improve school meals! Photo: Bruce Tuten via Flickr
Tell the L.A. School District: Let Jamie Oliver Help
Celebrity chef and healthy school lunch advocate Jamie Oliver is filming his second season of the Emmy Award-winning Food Revolution in Los Angeles. However, the Los Angeles Unified School District (LAUSD) refuses to show its school lunches on the program. In Oliver's own words, he can't get his foot into a single door. Students have voiced their disapointment that their school lunches won't benefit from the exposure and will likely remain "greasy" and "microwaved." Oliver has opened a community kitchen in the L.A. area, and he had much success last season working with schools in West Virginia, who now cook most of their lunches from scratch using healthy ingredients. Step up, L.A., and let us see what you're serving. Let Food Revolution inside school cafeterias! Photo: Jeff Sandquist via Flickr
Tell the USDA That Organic Beer Should Be Made With Organic Hops
On October 28, 2010, the National Organic Standards Board ruled that beginning in 2013, brewers can only use certified organic hops in organic beers. The move came after more than 100 Change.org members signed the petition asking U.S. Department of Agriculture officials to mandate that certified organic beers contain only certified organic ingredients. Right now, beer labeled as "certified organic" is likely to be made with conventionally grown hops. This is because hops are currently on the national list of non-organic ingredients allowed in an organic product. Products labeled as "organic" should have only organic ingredients.
Tell Governor Schwarzenegger to Support Farm Worker Health
After 85 people signed Change.org's petition asking Governor Arnold Schwarzenegger to pass the Farm Worker Health Act (A.B. 1963), he signed the bill into law on September 29, 2010. Under new regulations, labs testing farm workers' blood for pesticide exposure are required to report their findings to state agencies like the California Department of Pesticide Regulation. The new law will hopefully prevent farm laborers' overexposure to dangerous neurotoxins like organophosphates and carbamates. ******************************************************************** Tell California's Governor Arnold Schwarzenegger to sign the Farm Worker Health Act. The act will reduce pesticide poisoning by requiring the medical agencies that test farm workers for poisoning to actually report their results to a state agency. Augmenting the 1974 Medical Supervision Program, the act is designed to monitor farm workers who work with organophosphate and carbamate pesticides. Right now, no law requires findings from blood tests done to prevent and track exposure to these pesticides in farm workers to be reported to the California Department of Pesticide Regulation. This act would require that reporting.